Regeneration isn't the only attempt to "go beyond sustainability". Forum for the Future has worked with The Climate Group and WWF to convene the Net Positive Group (NPG). "Net Positive" is a "new way of doing business which puts back more into society, the environment and the global economy than it takes out."
NPG has defined "12 Principles" (PDF) to describe what they mean:
1. Material impact
3. Best practice
7. No trade-off
(Thanks for the introduction Asheen Phansey.)
I'm not too fond of the "net positive" term - strikes me as too close to the "revenue minus expenses" definition of "profit" that drives traditional business. However, enunciating shared principles seems like an excellent idea that helps build coherence and clarity.
What principles for regeneration would you keep, add, or modify from this list? Please let me know!
Beavers are common creatures in some countries, so you’d have thought someone somewhere would have done scientific studies to find out how their habitat-changing lifestyle – complete with river dams and deep channels – affects the water flows in a landscape. But no one has.
*Fast: Cooks a meal in as little as 20 minutes, reaching temperatures up to 550°F/ 290°C
*Cooks When Cloudy: You don't have to see the Sun to solar cook! Almost no day is off limits!
*Portable: Deploys in seconds and collapses into a durable package.
Responsible farming on a local scale has lifted an estimated 2.5 million people out of poverty, making the Loess Plateau Project one of the largest success stories for sustainable farming (ht: Wesley Roe)
And, if you haven't yet, watch this video. It'll make you happy.
“I’ve never seen you before” says a youngster. “I’ve never seen you before,” the first lady responded...
And, in closing
We are very early in the process of defining what it means to build a regenerative economy. While the terminology will continue to evolve, we're convinced the ideas are directionally correct. Now we are studying, testing, plotting, and building interest, support, and resources.
Thus this newsletter, which will come out about weekly with brief observations and links to related materials exploring innovation and the regenerative economy. With effort, and a bit of luck, we hope support for these concepts becomes a wave sweeping the world!
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